BI is for the birds

BI is for the Birds

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Who is still interested in doing Business Intelligence – only the birds?  Can’t we just simply pour all our business data into one server and let business users loose to explore?  We have tried this approach in the past. Perhaps we can try again.  Although be aware of Bird Imbecile systems! Listen to the song:  For the Birds (Business Intelligence …

Unpacking Untruths about Modern Data Warehousing

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What is on the wish list of most Business information users? They are yearning for new analytical solutions that: Support multiple reporting tools in a self-service mode that is easy to use Allow rapid ingestion of all kinds of new data files without consulting IT Do not need extensive modeling Scale large data volumes while delivering performance Support advanced analytics …

Beating Business Intelligence Blues

Beating Business Intelligence Blues

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Melancholy and having a bout of BI Blues is often a side effect of business users who need to interact with their data but finding it difficult, for a variety of reasons, leading to frustration over not being able to achieve their information related goals. Blues is a music genre that probably originated with the 17th-century English expression “the blue …

One size fits all

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Confused about EDW, DW, Data Lakes, Hadoop, HTAP, Hive, LLAP, Spark SQL… (…you can complete the list ! )? Are you wondering … To ETL or not, to ELT or not, or to do no ETL/ELT at all? A plethora of terminologies, acronyms and technologies are currently in the mix.  For the un-inaugurated and the professionals alike it has become …

Good Better Bad

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Some data warehouse projects might be Good. You might even find a few that is Better. Unfortunately “Bad” is often associated with Data Warehousing because Business Users still struggle to obtain accurate information in the format they desire within the required timeframes it is needed, despite having access to their Data Warehouse. This may be due to ill-defined or miss-interpreted …

Big, Bigger, Bad

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Bigger is not always better.  Spending Big on acquiring the latest state of the art technologies might contribute to a superior environment well suited for dealing with large volumes of data.  And yes, Bigger Data and Technologies do provide scope for richer analytics. What is BAD is the dearth of not following an effective approach to steer a potentially-massive-outlay- project …

Breaking BAD

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Breaking Bad (to raise hell) means to cause a considerable disturbance. Breaking down existing data silos may initially evoke substantial disturbance too. In the American crime drama TV series Breaking Bad, a struggling high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turned to a life of crime in order to secure his family’s financial future before he dies. He …

The Data Warehouse is Dead

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Whether you choose organized processing over chaotic collection, clean data over dirty data, structured over unstructured data, well assembled over disjointed information depends on the information strategy of a business. Monstrous amounts of data may be in the order of the day but somewhere along the line we do need to make sense of it all. Before we declare the …

Are you holding back your Data Warehouse?

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Or is your Data Warehouse holding you back… Data professionals demand swift access to data in order to perform their analytical duties.  To meet these demands the Information Services Department have to be agile in providing the most appropriate data platform. Despite having to operate at disadvantages ranging between lack of skills, badly designed and poorly maintained analytical solutions through …

Selfish for Self-Service

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Self-service analytics has a propensity towards selfishness – every party involved in the information value chain has their own agenda. Business information users are often guilty of bypassing their Information Service departments for reasons such as “IS/IT takes too long to produce data in a usable format”,  “data is there but it is difficult to access and use”, “we are …